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Short Explanation
The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee a majority of the Electoral College to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The bill would reform the Electoral College so that the electoral vote in the Electoral College reflects the choice of the nation's voters for President of the United States.   more
11 Enactments
The National Popular Vote bill has been enacted into law in states possessing 165 electoral votes — 61% of the 270 electoral votes needed to activate the legislation.

  • Maryland - 10 votes
  • Massachusetts - 11
  • Washington - 12 votes
  • Vermont - 3 votes
  • Rhode Island - 4 votes
  • DC - 3 votes
  • Hawaii - 4 votes
  • New Jersey - 14 votes
  • Illinois - 20 votes
  • New York - 29 votes
  • California - 55 votes

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    Letter to the Editor
    Rob Richie
    Executive Director, Fair Vote
    April 17, 2007

    To the Editor:

    Maryland indeed has shown great leadership in advancing the National Popular Vote plan to have elections where candidates must reach out to all Americans (“Maryland Takes the Lead,” editorial, April 14).

    The current system does not benefit small-population states, however. While such states have fewer people per electoral vote than big states, there’s a reason for the conventional wisdom that the 2004 election came down to winning two of the big battlegrounds of Pennsylvania, Ohio and Florida.

    A gain of 5,000 votes in New Mexico might help swing five electoral votes in your favor. But that exact same vote gain in Florida could swing 25 electoral votes. When weighing where to focus resources, campaigns gravitate to the big swing states.

    The current system’s real divide is between the declining number of swing states and the rest of the country. For spectator states, size doesn’t matter: their people’s interests are equally irrelevant to the presidential candidates.

    Rob Richie, Executive Director

    Fair Vote

    Takoma Park, Maryland

    Reform the Electoral College so that the electoral vote reflects the nationwide popular vote for President